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Attempt to the assessment of the influence of method of feeding on morbidity in infancy

Marian Nawrot, Anna Szaflarska-Szczepanik, Adam Nowak, Mieczysława Czerwionka-Szaflarska

Med Sci Monit 1996; 2(6): CR794-797

ID: 500496

Available online: 1996-11-01

Published: 1996-11-01

Well known are the protective properties of the human milk. It contains living morphotic elements, sIgA antibodies, lactoferrin and lysozyme, while cow milk contains protective elements inadequate for a new-born or an infant. Many authors stress the increased frequency of upper airways and gastrointestinal tract infections in bottle- fed children. The aim of the study is to assess the influence of the method of feeding on the morbidity in infancy. On the basis of performed tests we demonstrated that breast-fed children had statistically significant lower morbidity than bottle- and breast-fed and entirely bottle-fed children. We also demonstrated that absolute morbidity was also significantly lower in the group of breast-fed children. We conclude that there is significant protective influence of breast feeding on morbidity in infants and it applies to the whole period of infancy.

Keywords: feeding, new-borns, infants, Morbidity